On Thursday, April 28, Jennifer Perrine will visit Manhattan College as the final guest in the spring semester’s Major Author Reading Series (M.A.R.S.). The reading will begin at 6:30 p.m. in room 100 of Hayden Hall.
Perrine is the author of three poetry collections: The Body Is No Machine, In the Human Zoo, and No Confession, No Mass. The most recent of her collections, No Confession, No Mass, was awarded the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, and was published by the University of Nebraska Press the following year. She is also the recipient of the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry.
The New Jersey-born poet has taught at Drake University for the past 10 years, and directs the Women's and Gender Studies program there. She teaches courses in poetry, fiction, graphic narrative, science fiction, horror writing, women's studies, social justice, and Holocaust literature among others.
Perrine began writing poetry at Susquehanna University, where she received her bachelor’s degree. After taking time off from school, she paid for her last semester with the winnings of a successful appearance on ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Perrine earned a master’s degree in English from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from Florida State University.
This is the final presentation in the Major Author Reading Series. M.A.R.S. has brought several notable writers to campus for readings and book signings since its inception in 2010, with the intent of engaging and exposing students to contemporary literature.